Lying between the two greats of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara parks on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, this relatively unknown forest “of the lost child” (Loita Naimena Enkiyio) is a microcosm of diverse habitats spanning 330 square kilometres of rolling hills of indigenous forest.

A beautiful patchwork of glades, valleys, swamps and winding rivers, this is a sanctuary for many of the Mara-Serengeti bird species and is also a sacred place for the Loita Maasai people, who use the area to graze their cattle and collect medicinal herbs.

Given the lack of predators and the scenic beauty of the area, walking trails are the best way to explore the area and special Maasai guides will take you on these assorted mobile camping treks and routes. This is a truly intimate and instructive encounter with this Maasai Tribe as they will teach you how they navigate, how they scour the land for herbs and plants to sustain them, the legends that surround them and the knowledge they use to survive then and now.

What to do

  • Walking trails and mobile camping
  • Close interaction and instruction from your Maasai guides
  • Wildlife to see in the Loita: bushbuck, buffalo, elephant, dik dik, zebra, hyena, leopard, hartlaubs, turaco, ground hornbill, colobus monkey